Presentation: Welcome to the Family (WordCamp Toronto 2012)

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Review: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes

Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes by Jonathan Auxier
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a fun read but I had a hard time getting into it. The narration was a bit inconsistent, the dialog and characters seemed a bit forced. And I had a hard time getting over the fact that what seems obviously like a children’s book has so much blood.

Also, “I seen this movie before”. It’s called Star Wars ;)

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Managing Your Editorial Workflow (WordCamp Toronto 2011)

The video of presentation at WordCamp Toronto 2011 on “Managing your Editorial Workflow” where I talk mostly about Edit Flow.

Looks like the video was cut off, which is probably a good thing since it wasn’t really my best performance (being my first WordCamp presentation and all). I also flail my arms alot.

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WordPress Debugging (WordCamp NYC 2012 Talk)

Here’s my presentation slides from WordCamp NYC 2012. Click on the slide below to go full-screen and arrow keys to navigate.

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Review: Tintin in America

Tintin in America
Tintin in America by Hergé
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I’ve started reading through the whole Tintin series again (partially in preparation for the movie) and the experience is very similar to re-watching your old childhood TV shows. You get that warm, nostalgic feeling which slowly dissolves into doubt and and leaves you wondering how you could possibly enjoyed something so bad. This particular book has a lot of racist overtones and the dialogue is pretty poorly written (which I guess is really the norm for any comic book written in the early 20th Century).

Overall, though, the book is still a fun read and I can’t wait to re-read the rest.

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On $wpdb->prepare

If you do the following, you’re a terrible person:

$query = "SELECT ID from {$wpdb->posts} WHERE ID = %d";
$query = $wpdb->prepare( $query, $value );

There is absolutely no reason for prepare to be on a separate line.

Here’s how you do it the right way:

$query = $wpdb->prepare( "SELECT ID from {$wpdb->posts} WHERE ID = %d", $value );

One line. Simple, easy to read, and not confusing.

Photo: Old School

My Student Identity Card from elementary school. Yes, I had terrible hair back then.

A letter to Canadians from the Honourable Jack Layton

And finally, to all Canadians: Canada is a great country, one of the hopes of the world. We can be a better one – a country of greater equality, justice, and opportunity. We can build a prosperous economy and a society that shares its benefits more fairly. We can look after our seniors. We can offer better futures for our children. We can do our part to save the world’s environment. We can restore our good name in the world. We can do all of these things because we finally have a party system at the national level where there are real choices; where your vote matters; where working for change can actually bring about change. In the months and years to come, New Democrats will put a compelling new alternative to you. My colleagues in our party are an impressive, committed team. Give them a careful hearing; consider the alternatives; and consider that we can be a better, fairer, more equal country by working together. Don’t let them tell you it can’t be done.

My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world.

Even at his weakest, Jack could still inspire us to be our strongest. Sir, you will be missed.

Read the full letter | See Jack at his best best: happy | Six ways Jack Layton helped build Toronto